with Egg Artist
by Stephanie Ramey
Edna Mays Isaac for the past five years
has cut and carved well over 2000 eggshells. She first learned about carving
eggs when she saw an article in 1984 about Lew Jensen who developed the
Paragrave carving system. She filed the article away for future reference.
1996 she ran across the article again while going through her files. Egg carving
was just the change she was looking for. With over 40 years in the fiber arts
business, she was ready to tackle something new. After she and her husband did
quite a bit of research, they purchased the Paragrave carving equipment in
January of 1997. Her "first egg was an all over cut out daisy
"I don’t really have a favorite piece, I enjoy creating beauty so generally the one that I am working on becomes my favorite at the moment. I enjoy sitting down with no pattern and creating whatever "comes out", sometimes a very intricate piece, sometimes a 10 minute wonder."
Edna has turned her egg art into a
business by selling exclusively on the internet. Her web site, which was
designed by her son Steven, shows off row after row of beautifully carved eggs
of all sizes.
carves everything from pheasant to ostrich. She enjoys creating other types of
eggs for pleasure such as a beaded egg, but sticks to carving for her egg art
She uses her own designs and a product
called "EZ Design to help duplicate egg designs quickly and
every design tells a story. For instance, the man that ordered "Dancing
Princess" (to the right) said that he wanted "his wife in her wedding
dress, without the train, her hair down, and dancing with her bouquet".
As for tips for budding egg artists, Edna
recommends, "Find a nitch, do what makes you feel as if you are sharing
something of yourself, and take the time to "smell the roses" as you
do your designs. I have found that duplicating a design that someone else drew
just doesn’t satisfy as one that your have produced yourself. Above all,
believe in yourself."
Edna has provided us with instructions on transferring designs using EZ Design, read her article here.